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Feb 12, 2013 2:00am PST
to earlier between how science deals with this question and how lawyers deal with this question is that you actually get a fundamental disconnect between the two systems. so you mentioned that lack of emotional control or lack of ability to control your preferences might lead to insanity, but, in fact, in most jurisdictions as you know, that's not true. after hanky was acquitted under the american law institute test because he could not control his behavior, congress in most state jurisdictions changed the law, got rid of the lack of emotional test, the a.l.i. test and now in most jurisdictions, the nontest requires that you demonstrate that you can't distinguish right from wrong. so now we have, and again, the law uses science for the law's own purposes, but what is problematic here is the disconnect. from the criminal side, if you lack emotional control, you go to prison because you can't win under the test because the test doesn't apply. when you walk out of prison and you lack emotional control, you get civilly committed. so what we have is a fundamental disconnect between how we view p
Feb 10, 2013 7:30pm PST
would have to create a critical mass science, featuring some of our most creative and adventuresome scientists and second, we would have to create the opportunity to do new things and in new ways. and i think that it is generally agreed that we have succeeded at both. within a year of opening the first building, genentech was filled with a cohesive community with creative scientists who organized themselves in ways that would create and facility new alliances across disciplinary boundaries. and second, we created the opportunity to do new things in new ways. and to mention just a few, so you can understand how the face of this place of ucsf has been enhanced by ucsf mission bay, it is of course, qb 3 which is of course my first example before i heard from my predecessors here. the mission of quantitative biology, with ourself and ucberkeley and uc santa cruise, to bring science, clinical science, bio, medical science together to solve the problems of human health. >> science and clinical reach in three areas, cardio vascular cancer and neurological disease. we have of course the ne
Feb 14, 2013 9:00pm PST
the science. >> this massive global conspiracy to make a certain case. >> if you pay scientists enough money, they'll find what you want them to find. >> they are cooking the data. >> scientific malpractice. >> do you think the science is being hyped on global warming? >> oh, very definitely, yes. >> correspondent john hockenberry investigates. >> the politics have gotten to the point where people just don't want to listen to science. >> how did it happen and who's behind it? tonight, "climate of doubt." >> frontlinis made possible by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. and by the corporation for public broadcasting. major funding is provided by the john d. and catherine t. macarthur foundation, committed to building a more just, verdant and peaceful world.additional funding is provided by the park foundation, dedicated to heightening public awareness of critical issues. and by the frontline journalism fund. with grants from scott nathan and laura debonis, and millicent bell, through the millicent and eugene bell foundation. major funding for this progra
Feb 9, 2013 3:30pm PST
it is the pharmaceutical companies, the other science companies. i just came back from another fantastic conference and mayers, that they allowed me to head up a panel discussion on science, technology, engineering and math. stem, is what we all call it these days. that is the jealousy of all of the other mayers that when they hear about stotterry of mission bay, they are trying to create their own mission bay in their cities and they are wanting to work with all of the universities and the talent because what we have done here, is not only the physical infrastructure, not only creating conditions for businesses to be successful, but we found that we should invest in the very talent that is here and expand on that talent and so it is the noble laurets and the post doctorate students that are here and they are working with people across all of other disciplines, start ups, technology, you hear these great stories and i have seen them myself and we walk in and people no longer using these small microscopes, but they are looking at 3 d technology from auto def and we are looking at cells in three diff
Feb 10, 2013 7:00pm PST
that is transforming science into better health worldwide. ten years ago, ucsan francisco officially opened genetec hall, where we are today the first building at mission bay, to mark this anniversary we are celebrating those who played a key role in making what it is today and who gave both ucsan francisco and the city and county of san francisco a treasure. looking across mission bay today, it is hard to remember what this area used to look like, but i have a clear recollection, i did my residency here and lived up on the hill and my husband used to try to talk me out of running passed this neighborhood. it was not a place that you wanted to spend a lot of time, it was a region of abandoned rail road yards and empty houses back then it was bursting at the seams. the university began looking for places to grow and san francisco was not hitting the top of that list. but a group of smart dedicated people put their heads together and decided otherwise. these people, some of whom are are us this morning, were committed to keeping ucsan francisco in san francisco. it took bold steps by ucsf and by the
Feb 12, 2013 8:30pm PST
and human services. >> when the new california academy of sciences opened in 2008, it quickly became one of the top tourist magnets in the city. part of the cal academies' astronomical success is the weekly nightlife party. >> i am joined by helen, who is here to school me on all the nocturnal activities that are getting ready to take place here. tell us a little about what we can expect to see at nightlife. >> we open up the doors every thursday night at the california academy of sciences. there are certain things you can see every week you can go to the museum, visit the planetarium, and we bring in bars and a deejay or band. it is a different feel from during the day, something different every week. tonight , we have beer and music. -- tonight we have great beer and music. it is beer week. we have a dozen local brewers in african hall. we have a deejays to set up throughout the museum and a live performance at 9:00 p.m. tonight. >> what has been your favorite part as a participant or as an observer? >> my favorite part is to walk around the aquarium in to see people with a drink in th
Feb 14, 2013 4:00pm PST
of the morning to you. then bill ny the science guy talking about whether an asteroid is going to wipe us out. >> bill nye the science guy. >> the end of the earth? how's that for fun? don't worry we're not all going to die but, it is, what is that is this go time! ♪ theme ♪ cenk: welcome to "the young turks." a little while back, they had a deal on whether they were going to kill fill buster or not or at least reform it. harry reid said i made a deal with mcconnell it's going to be ok. the republicans aren't going to filibuster. dick durbin said at the time: cenk: positive environment, the republicans aren't going to filibuster anymore. they got a deal, so we didn't have to take it away. what happened today when senator hagel, a republican up for secretary of defense? the republicans filibustered. >> on this vote, the aye58 the nays 40, one senator announced present. 50% of the senators not having voted in the affirmative, the motion is not agreed to. cenk: even though 58 senators say yes let's end the debate and confirm him nope, not going to end the debate, because the republicans fili
Feb 8, 2013 10:00pm PST
have my two science leaders, [inaudible] and janet gray, so science questions galor, they can handle them all, policy questions, we'll have to deflect some of those to nancy for another time, so what i'm going to present today is what we call our healthy home and healthy world tours, i'll talk a little bit about who the breast cancer fund is and then we're going to walk through kind of the rooms in your home talking about tips for avoiding exposures that are linked to breast cancer and i will talk a little bit about the different chemicals, where they're found, things you can do to avoid them and also some policies, and then we'll kind of go beyond the home to talk about the kinds of exposures that might be not within our control in the house but elsewhere. and it looks like i have videos so that is good. so, the breast cancer fund is a national organization that works to prevent breast cancer by eliminating the environmental exposures linked o the disease, mostly we talk about chemicals and radiation that are linked to breast cancer, we are a little different from your breast cancer
Feb 11, 2013 8:30pm PST
in life, like they were merely getting older. i want to talk about that science and how we try to apply in use it to helping people in need. first of all, i want to say that there is a special thing about this plasticity as it relates to ourselves. that is to say it is constructed on the basis of moment to moment association of things that go together or the things that are expected to occur in the next moment in time. one thing that always goes with everything we feel, everything we do, every act we have had, every thought is a reference to the actor, to the player, to the doer, and that references to ourself. all of that derives massive plastic self-reference. we have to construct and enrich a strongly center itself, a person, in our brain through its changing itself in a powerful, plastic way. we're also constructed through these same processes to attach to the other people, to the other things we are close to in life. that is the basis of the attachment of the mother to the child or the child to the mother. through millions of the events of contact and interaction, all of those coun
Feb 7, 2013 11:00pm EST
on two #shgs the science behind this fire and how a baltimore county is still crying to recover. >> some are calling it a once in a lifetime storm for new england. when it could hit could mess up your friday. chief meteorologist wyatt everhart starts us off. >> i think it's mostly quiet for maryland tonight. two keytime frames of concern tonight into early tomorrow morning and then tomorrow night and two key storms on the board. one is the low pressure area over new england and our secondary, our main focus is this coastal system coming from texas moving up the gulf coast now a tremendous amount f o' moisture as this system moves into maryland. it will bring rain. you can see a few showers creeping into southern maryland. temperatures just a few degrees above freezing. we could see sleet and snow mixed in with with the rain in the morning. we'll call them mixed showers to start your day in the morning. then we're going to rain through the middle part of the day. then past 4:00, windy, rainy conditions turning back to snow particularly for areas to the north and northeast of brm. cecil t
Feb 8, 2013 7:30pm PST
. it's because, you know, girls aren't coming up in computer science enough. not coming up in computer science enough. everything focuses on the engineer and computer science. until that changes, you're not going to see as diverse as a community as you want. it's not just lip service because diverse cultures make better companies in these places. yes, it's a problem, and, you know, that's what's going to happen. this elite core of workers, and you're going to have the people that serve them. so that's an interesting problem for the bay area. >> what about, they can address some of those things with schools and education. they don't necessarily have to be working in the tech industry. was there much discussion about that? >> the whole argument of the tech industry is they're creating jobs. uber, everyone becomes an entrepreneur. the new tech revolutions, everyone is an entrepreneur. not everyone can be an entrepreneur. it suggests the society of entrepreneurialism over the basic jobs we think of. >> kara, thanks very much. heady times in silicon valley, and the same time, storm clouds o
Feb 15, 2013 6:00am EST
in light of the gao report. >> domestic drone use is the focus of the house science space and technology subcommittee hearing friday morning. members will examine the challenges facing operations in u.s. airspace. officials from the faa and nasa are expected to testify. live coverage 10 a.m. eastern on our companion network c-span3. >> thursday at a senate banking hearing committee on dodd-frank financial regulations senator elizabeth warren of massachusetts, thomas curry, about prosecuting big banks when they break the law. here's a portion of the event. >> thank you very much, mr. chairman. thank you, ranking member. it's good to be here. thank you all for editing. i sat what he said. it's harder than look so i appreciate your being you. i want to ask a question about supervising banks when they break the law. including the mortgage foreclosure of others as well. we all understand why settlements are important, that trials are expensive and we can't dedicate huge resources to them. but we also understand that it's a party is unwilling to go to trial, either because it's too timid are b
Feb 11, 2013 1:30am EST
for previous books and his most recent book is long for this world the strange science of the immortality. professor, who is aubrey and blacks >> keys on of the most interesting i've met. he grew up and studied in new england and became a computer scientist and then developed the idea that we might live essentially forever or a thousand years, some modest stand like that. oddly enough, the more time i spend, the more time i found some of his ideas, not his predictions for his hopes for a thousand years or more but that longevity to be taken seriously to be worth listening to. >> such as? >> well, he argues that aging should be viewed as something that we can study and understand and perhaps fight prospectively and that we can do more evaluation now than we ever could before. those are ideas that i think the consensus is building around. although he's extremely eccentric and extremely controversial with good reason. i think most people in the field of gerontology and age and science agree now it is something that we can understand better and we can learn to control better than we do now. s
Feb 9, 2013 1:50pm EST
of action. my plan focuses on job growth in seven industry clusters. aerospace, life sciences, military, agriculture, information technology, clean energy technology and the maritime trades. these clusters represent both the present and the future key drivers of economic growth and job creation in our state. we must support innovators in these areas with incentives to take risks and bring ideas from dream to reality. i have proposed a tradable r&d tax credit to help early-stage companies to develop and commercialize their idea. it's worked in other states, and it's something we can do this session. i will work with the legislature to make it more desirable for small and medium size businesses to hire more people in washington. we must also do a better job commercializing the technologies developed in our world-class research institutions, connecting the dots from the classroom to the laboratory to the marketplace. and no economic strategy would be complete without a transportation plan that facilitates this growth. this session i expect to work with stakeholders that have already commit
Feb 15, 2013 11:00am PST
of science estimates that the immediate your traveled 33,000 miles per hour and weighed ten tons. small by nasa standards. >> it is very hard to see. those are only observable in a few days of earth. this one actually slipped by our notice and came into the atmosphere. >> others are under a microscope so to speak. >> nasa monitors 9,000 asteroids and the big ones, a thousand of those, we monitor quite carefully. we call those potentially hazardous objects and look at their orbits and there are many hundreds before we have to worry about close approaches by those objects. >> that is good news. not as good for russia today. the president has ordered aid to be sent to the area and schools are closed because it is zero and the windows are broken. >> right now, nasa is watching for another event unrelated to the meteor, a giant 150' asteroid will fly by earth in the next half hour. observatories around the earth are pointing telescopes in the direction of the asteroid. amy joins us live from the laboratory in oakland where there is a party going on. amy? >> the party will be tonight when we
Feb 15, 2013 12:00pm PST
are at chabot space and science center. this is officially alameda county but where that green fence is, that becomes contra costa county. now, up here in the hills it's a little more on the breezy side. in fact, according to our weather master with mobile weather, the winds have been blowing up to 13 miles per hour. the air temperature now is at 61 degrees. now, we are here to speak with astronomer gerald mckee began here at chabot space and science center because earlier in our newscast, we were talking about the difference between a meteorite and asteroid and maybe you can reiterate that for the people at home. >> a meteor is when a space rock comes into our atmosphere. if it just passes through the atmosphere and burns up in the atmosphere, we call it a meteor. if it hits the ground we call it a meteorite. an asteroid is a space rock that's out in space orbiting around the sun and doesn't enter the atmosphere. >> reporter: asteroid is orbiting the earth right now? >> it's orbiting the sun and passed close to the earth at 11:25 this morning and
Feb 15, 2013 11:30am PST
. the russian academy of science estimates that the immediate your traveled 33,000 miles per hour and weighed ten tons. small by nasa standards. >> it is very hard to see. those are only observable in a few days of earth. this one actually slipped by our notice and came into the atmosphere. >> others are under a microscope so to speak. >> nasa monitors 9,000 asteroids and the big ones, a thousand of those, we monitor quite carefully. we call those potentially hazardous objects and look at their orbits and there are many hundreds before we have to worry about close approaches by those objects. >> that is good news. not as good for russia today. the president has ordered aid to be sent to the area and schools are closed because it is zero and the windows are broken. >> right now, nasa is watching for another event unrelated to the meteor, a giant 150' asteroid will fly by earth in the next half hour. observatories around the earth are pointing telescopes in the direction of the asteroid. amy joins us live from the laboratory in oakland where there is a party going on. amy? >> the party will be
Feb 15, 2013 4:30am PST
and science center. >> reporter: that asteroid is actually going to be 150 feet long and it will be passing by earth early this morning. now it's not expected to hit earth. it's not expected to make impact here but scientists here at chabot science center and across the earth are going to be taking a very close look at it. now that space rock has been dubbed 2012 da14. it will fly by. it's the biggest rock to come close to us in recorded history. experts have ruled out an impact with earth. but they hope this will garner more funding to examine these space objects. >> let's say there was one going to hit earth. we want as much time as possible to prepare for that event. >> reporter: the next time this asteroid is expected to come close to earth is 2046. it's not visible to the naked eye. if you'd like to check it out the observation deck here will be open later today. reporting live in oakland lorraine blanco ktvu channel 2 news. >>> san francisco police are investigating a frightening incident involving a stolen car. it resulted in a chase, a crash, and gunfire. tara moriarty tells us that
Feb 11, 2013 6:30am PST
an adequate caseload is, given the number of hours that the attorney works a year? and this is a science. this is something that most offices are beginning to do now. so i have copies of the report. and the problem is without this information you have no way of knowing how many cases the district attorney's office is handling, the public defender's office is handing and how serious the cases are. one of the points that we make in our report is that we have seen a huge increase in three-strike cases and homicide cases over the past six years. and so that is something that obviously effects the workload, but not the case load >> if you simply count cases you won't distinguish between more serious cases and less serious cases and you will see in our report we have broken down by attorney. every attorney's caseload and workload is reflected in the index and that is how we determine what number of cases we can handle. and we use that to provide that to the mayor's budget office. the second issue also relates to the question of trials. and you saw in the report that the number of cases refer
Feb 8, 2013 11:00am PST
the different varieties but we shouldn't leave out the sciences as well so a lot to celebrate. when i was first introduced to our relatively new counsel general by angela he said "he's one of us" and angela said "i'm not so quite sure counsel general" but i shared with him when i took my seat on the board of supervisors i got a call from jay leno. true story. he called me to congratulate me on my public office and glad to know that other lenos were fairing well and asked if we had family in common and he laughed when i said i was part of his russian jewish part of the family so i left it with that. this is particularly appropriate to do this in san francisco and san francisco is a italian city and always has been and will be and to get things going i have seen you put in some years of service in telea eve and familiar with israel's politics you can get into san francisco's politics and i brought this and i know senator will say something as well and we want to congratulate you and all of our italian american community as we kickoff the year of italian culture in the united states and we look
Feb 10, 2013 6:00pm EST
she answers that question and also how she did it. >> reporter: lauren had a science project. what could she do to impress her teachers at the science fair? she began working after seeing a commercial that sent a weather balloon into space. >> i just thought right away it would be the coolest project ever. she put four cameras inside, a weather balloon attached to a pardhut, and something else. >> what made you think to put the hello kitty doll inside the project? >> she fit perfectly inside the rocket, so i thought it would be fun. >> how far did you think it would go? >> i thought it would go above 90,000 feet. >> and how far did it go? >> it went 93,625 feet up. >> so you surprised yourself with how well you did? >> yeah. >> and just look at what it sent back. incredible crystal clear images of her hello kitty doll in her own orbit, nearly 18 miles above the earth. when you saw those images that came back to you, what did you think? >> i told myself, oh, my gosh, this looks so fake, but it was like amazing. >> and then this. the moment the balloon burst, she put music to it, the
Feb 8, 2013 6:00pm EST
the textbook. how one education group says schools can boost a number of students interested in science and math courses. >>> i'm gigi barnett. at umbc. that story is next. >>> and blizzard warnings. crews getting ready for a monster snowstorm in new york. first warning weather coverage continues after this. >>> it is just before 6:30. 38 degrees and cloudy. good evening. thank you for staying with wjz. here are some of the stories people are talking about tonight. a blizzard warning in effect right now for boston and much of the new england region. a massive storm is bliftdering that region. you can see the heavy no? this picture. >>> this is a 19-car pileup friday, outside portland maine. there were no serious injuries reported. but it drives home a serious message for people to stay off the roads. the nor'easter moving into the densely-populated northeast could. >> mayor thomas menino had this pledge for residents. >> this is a strong portion. stay off the roads. stay home. let the public works crew do their job. >> connecticut has declared a
Feb 10, 2013 11:35pm EST
will keep an i on all that. >> what started off as a simple science fair project -- one girl's [ male announcer ] so there's lots of people out there who aren't happy with their internet. [ spokesman ] hi, are you lindsay? yes. did you say, "my internet's so slow it's like a car with no gas"? yes. [ male announcer ] well lindsay, you're about to get verizon fios quantum america's fastest, most reliable internet. so that's what you used to have... okay. and that's fios. wow, this is crazy fast, almost unbelievable. [ male announcer ] that will put some gas in the old tank lindsay. supercharge your internet speeds. switch to fios and we'll triple your speed for free with an upgrade to fios quantum. living life at quantum speed, call the verizon center for customers with disabilities that's powerful. at 800-974-6006 tty/v. we're sitting on a bunch of shale gas. there's natural gas under my town. it's a game changer. ♪ ♪ it means cleaner, caper american-made energy. but we've got to be careful how we get it. design
Feb 11, 2013 8:00pm PST
is the co- founder and chief scientific officer of post-it science. he heads the company's goal team that has for more than three decades. he has been a leading pioneer in brain plasticity research. in the late 1980's, he was responsible for inventing something that i hope to own on my own, and in plans to approve my hearing. in 1996, he was the founder and ceo of scientific learning corporation, which markets and distributes software that applies principles of brain plasticity to assist children with language learning in reading. we are plowing -- proud to have him join us today to take part in this forum. [applause] >> thank you. i want to one-upping the mayor and say that today is my 70th birthday. [applause] still alive and raising cain. i also want to say that i am a proud citizen of this city and a public servant at the university of california, in this city for more than 45 years. it is wonderful to be here and wonderful to be with you today. i want to say, before i start, that you should understand that i was permitted by the university of california on a leave of absence fro
Feb 11, 2013 10:00am EST
. and yes, i can talk about the economic impact that you have on our community in life sciences there are 6 million jobs, good paying jobs that depend upon the basic research that is generated from what you do here. that is critically important, the number of jobs that we have. the impact you have on maryland and our employment. and i thank you for that. but what i think is critically important is how you've changed the way of life, the quality of life for people around the world. i had a chance to meet one of those individuals just a few minutes ago. the work that dr. reenhand does on renal cancer. that is just one face of a person who would not bes with us today, who wouldn't have survived but for what was done here at n.i.h. and that story has been told thousands if not millions of times over. when i was a youngster i had a cousin who was diagnosed with a disease and decide shortly after. i later found out it was karen. we didn't talk about that when i was young. cancer was a death sentence when i was a young person. have you changed that here at n.i.h. hereork that's been done has given
Feb 7, 2013 9:00pm PST
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Feb 10, 2013 8:00am EST
," the psychology of smell. there is a science on studies like this. i found that out firsthand >>> we're going to the dogs. a preview of the westminster dog show. but, first, these messages. in sickness and in health. tell me that i'm still the one. that you need me. that i'm your super hero! tell me you'll never let me go. tell me you miss me. that's all i need. [ female announcer ] for everything they need to hear this valentine's day, there's a hallmark card. and you'll dump your old broom. but don't worry, he'll find someone else. ♪ who's that lady? ♪ who's that lady? ♪ sexy lady ♪ who's that lady? [ female announcer ] swiffer sweeper's electrostatic dry cloths attract and lock dirt, dust, and hair on contact to clean 50% more than a broom. it's a difference you can feel. swiffer gives cleaning a whole new meaning. and now swiffer wet and dry refills are available with the fresh scent of gain. >> good morning, everyone. i'm jennifer franciotti. the time right now is 8:26 and here's look at some of our top stories for you this morning. baltimore city police have made an arrest in a
Feb 8, 2013 5:00pm EST
education group says schools can boost a number of students interested in science and math courses. >>> i'm gigi barnett. at umbc. that story is next. >>> and here's today's report from wall street. we'll be right back. hmm, it says here that cheerios helps lower cholesterol as part of a heart healthy diet. that's true. ...but you still have to go to the gym. ♪ the one and only, cheerios ♪ nom, nom, nom. ♪ the one and only, cheerios ♪ >>> it's 5:30. 38 degrees and cloudy in central maryland. good evening. thank you for staying with wjz eyewitness news. here are some of the stories people are talking about tonight. strong winds and lots of snow. that's expected from a massive winter nor'easter. the big apple could see upwards of a foot of snow or more. randall pinkston has more from manhattan with the latest. >> reporter: wet snow and sleet are creating a midday mess in manhattan, as the big apple waits for what could be a foot of snow or more. >> 6 to 10, i think, a pretty good estimate. and then 10 to 15, in and around the city. the city rig
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Feb 7, 2013 7:00pm PST
everything up with science evidence, like a recent poll which showed that "almost two-thirds of americans still feel the penny should be retained." and you can trust that poll, because it was conducted by leading opinion researchers coinstar. [laughter] of course. [ laughter ] coinstar, clearly impartial. they don't care if the government got rid of all change. there are still plenty of metal disks for them to count. who doesn't want to know how many washers you have in your pocket? [laughter] of course, cynics say americans for common cents can't be trusted just because "they are run by the main lobbyist representing the zinc industry, which supplies most of the metal used in pennies." [laughter] turns out pennies are mostly zinc. that's why whenever i feel a cold coming on, i shove a couple up my nose. [laughter] here, i'll show you. let me just get a penny over here. [cheers and applause] wow. [ laughter ] i got a gumball. [laughter] i gotta say i got a little panicky there. [ laughter ] kids, don't try that anywhere. [ laughter ] besides, what kind of world would this be without the n
Feb 14, 2013 6:30pm PST
of the education minister. she is so respected by many of her colleagues. >> through her dedication, science and research in germany have been strengthened. she was consistently an informed and steadfast advocate of the sciences. >> back in 2009, angela merkel began her second term as chancellor. in the three years since, she has had to reshuffle his cabinet five times. the defense minister stepped down after an early plagiarism scandal cost him his doctorate. then a resignation after information surfaced he had tried to downplay civilian deaths in afghanistan. and merkel forced the resignation of the environment minister after he led conservatives to a major defeat. the new education minister has now been sworn in, and merkel is easy to put the latest scandal behind her. >> all right, well, time to leave the halls of government behind us and had across town to the berlin film festival. there are just three more days to go until we find out who will win that coveted golden bear. >> one winner, though, is clear. and on rare golden bear for lifetime achievement in documentary film. and that a
Feb 14, 2013 5:30pm PST
from the world of science. and this could be a day that lasts in medical history. the fda has approved the first-ever artificial, in effect, bionic eye. a prosthesis fitted on a pair of glasses that can bring some sight to those with a specific form of vision loss. we get the story tonight from our chief science correspondent, robert bazell. >> reporter: it is a dream come true. restoring at least some sight to the blind. the artificial retina is a tiny camera mounted on glasses that sends electrical signals directly to the brain cells that perceive light. the fda approved it today to treat a condition called retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited disease that strikes 100,000 americans a year, and can lead to total blindness. the artificial retina does not achieve perfect sight, but it does allow blind people to see enough images so they can navigate a room safely and perform other tasks. >> that would be white. >> reporter: kathleen blake had been totally blind. and was one of the original test subjects. >> i was able to sort my clothes. >> reporter: that much of improvement made a big di
Feb 15, 2013 4:30am PST
live to the space and science center where bob redell will be to talk to astronomers there. >>> two congressmen accusing scientists of sharing secret and sensitive technology with china. republican congress frank wolf of virginia and lamar smith of texas have both asked the federal government to investigate the research center. that investigation right now is being held up by some red tape. the congressmen say classified weapons and know how may have been illegally transferred to other countries including china. they also say the u.s. attorney's office in northern california wants to bring criminal charges but that investigation being blocked by the justice department. nasa is now commenting at this point saying it would be inappropriate to discuss any possible investigation. >>> as we continue to following a developing story out of south africa this morning where olympian oscar pistorius learned he'll face a premeditated murder charge against his girlfriend. pistorius reportedly went openly as prosecutors announced their course of action against the athlete. this is video of pistor
Feb 9, 2013 6:00pm PST
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Feb 15, 2013 12:35am PST
. and with some planning and effort, hopefully bob can retire at a more appropriate age. it's not rocket science. it's just common sense. from td ameritrade. >>> a giant asteroid is barreling towards earth eight times faster than a speeding bullet, passing closer to us than the satellites that broadcast this very program. but what if it were on a crash course? here's abc's neal karlinsky. >> reporter: on a sliding scale of things that may ruin your day, you may want to put this one on the top of your list. the asteroid is hurtling toward earth right now at a rate eight times faster than a speeder bullet. while it will miss, disaster won't be missed by much. it will graze the earth's atmosphere friday afternoon at about 17,000 miles out. >> remember, all of the satellites out there that give us our global positioning, that tell our iphone where we are, those are at 22,000 miles. so this is actually going to pass between the earth and the satellites that give us our directv every day. that's a close shave. >> hollywood loves this kind of thing. exhibit a, bruce willis's "armageddon." but da-14 and
Feb 11, 2013 9:00am PST
this fast-food joint was the perfect place to say i do. >>> and a science project that ends with a bang. ao >>> at first glance you probably think you're watching a happy family maybe having a meal at a restaurant somewhere in america. but pay close attention to what's being said. this is the impromptu wedding of caleb and kelly at the taco bueno in sand springs, oklahoma. >> i'm shocked they got in. i hear that place is booked up for years. >> some people want casual weddings. this is as casual as they get. >> the minister is her mom. she's an ordained minister. this is a legal ceremony. >> taco bueno is where they first met, also the place they had their first date. >> they had chimichanga which they gave to them for free. >> at the end of the day they are married and they saved a lot of money. weddings are expensive. have the wedding at taco bueno and go on your honeymoon. >> mom is minister and stepdad is camera man. they had to get mom's permission because kelly is 16. they will have an official ceremony in june this year. >>> if i was to say i got the bronchitis, you'd say -- >> ain't
Feb 9, 2013 4:00am PST
and in social science and psychology that saying that, so that's an important distinction so thank you both so much. >> and there is that and -- there's a balance between -- i mean when i hear that bullying is going down i mean all of us should rejoice because that to me is indicative of the fact of the work in communities across the country are starting to pay off, but it's going to be hard in this ark and we are in this area and people are coming forward, kids are coming forward . suicides that would have been kept forward or not reporting and we're learning thanks to rapid fire and thanks to social networking or facebook and this is a sued -- all of this the -- the volume of bullying is going to rise in proportion with i think the actual drop in occurrences so to balance that and be aware of that i think is important. >>i totally agree, and that's really to rosylyn's point about this being a very, very important moment and we need to did it right. just on the subject of suicide the surgeon general came out this week and there was a usa today story and suicide and especially among veterans
Feb 12, 2013 1:30am PST
unhelpful concept and i think that you have to ask the question from the legal system and from the science perspective as to what free will might mean. on the science side, the question really is, and this is what we were debating, is the question whether you can operationally define free will so you can measure it? from a scientist's standpoint, a construct doesn't really mean anything if you can't measure it. i have been asked many, many newer scientists including ken, what exactly does free will mean and how do you measure it? it could be like emotional control. it could be something like impulsivity, impulse control and you get back to the basic problem that chris who is a colleague of anita's at vanderbilt, wait he has put it, how do you distinguish and irresistible impulse from an impulse not resisted. there is a basic gray area, a difficult ability to say, did you actually choose that and did you choose it in a way that the law would recognize. so the law all of the time develops concepts that scientists are interested in studying. it might be competency, for example. well, competen
Feb 12, 2013 3:30am PST
are three key ethical -- the first one is this. i do not think that there is any legitimate basis in science, medicine, or any ethical code that i know of or the bible, for that matter for our criminal law tdistinguishing between those wo have alcohol and tobacco and people who put other substances in their body. there is no legitimate basis for distinguishing between the alcoholic on the one hand under criminal law and between the drug addict on the other. that is first. the second ethical point is i hope most of you agree with this. i do not believe that anybody should be punished simply for what we put into our own bodies absent harm to others. nobody deserves to be punished for what we put in our bodies absent harm to others. hurt somebody, yes and not tell me your addiction was the excuse. we need to be regarded as sovereign over our minds and bodies. the criminal law should not be treating anyone as a criminal for what we put in here. when one is trying to pursue a particular public health or public safety objective, reducing the harm of drugs or whatever it might be. and when you have
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